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Technical Associate Staff Member - Radiochemistry

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Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 368 

Overview:  
We are seeking a Technical Associate Staff Member who will focus on the performance a full range of radiochemical methods and analyses on samples which contain radiological constituents from environmental levels to high levels of radioactivity.  This position will support ORNL environmental stewardship programs and scientific staff conducting research and chemical operations associated with the production and purification of radioisotopes and R&D for nuclear fuels.  This position resides in the Nuclear Analytical Chemistry Isotopics Laboratories (NACIL) group in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD), Physical Sciences Directorate (PSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).   
 
As part of our analytical support team, you will perform detailed radiochemical separations and measurement protocols and assist in the development of novel separation and measurement protocols for complex nuclear matrices. 
 
Major Duties/Responsibilities:  
• Perform sample preparations and chemical separations for radiochemical determinations of nuclear materials.
• Operate radiochemistry analytical instrumentation, including NMC and Protean gas flow proportional counters, Canberra 4100/4200 gas flow proportional counters, Perkin Elmer 5110R liquid scintillation counter, BF3 neutron detector, and Windows based alpha and gamma ray spectrometry system (Canberra Genie-2K/ORTEC Alphavision & Gammavision) utilizing HPGe and Silicon Surface Barrier detectors.
• Independently perform laboratory tests as needed to assist in developing, modifying, and refining operational and/or experimental procedures.
• Lead and participate in planning workflow for the laboratory, including establishing priorities within and between projects, and determining the best direction of the laboratory efforts for various experiments, tests, and analysis.
• Utilize Windows based personal computers, instrumentation operation, data reporting, analytical calculations, and sample management.
• Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health and quality program requirements.
• Maintain strong dedication to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
 
Basic Qualifications:
• A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or closely related discipline.  
• A minimum of 2 years of experience performing nuclear analytical measurements on radioactive materials.
 
Preferred Qualifications:
• Proficiency with the operation of radiochemistry analytical instrumentation including NMC and Protean gas flow proportional counters, Canberra 4100/4200 gas flow proportional counters, Perkin Elmer 5110R liquid scintillation counter, BF3 neutron detector, and Windows based alpha and gamma ray spectrometry system (Canberra Genie-2K/ORTEC Alphavision & Gammavision) utilizing HPGe and Silicon Surface Barrier detectors.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the chemistry and separations of lanthanide and actinides, as well as safety consideration for handling.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with modern sample preparation methods used in isotopic and elemental characterizations with emphases on nuclear materials. 
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience working in C-zone laboratories.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the safety practices associated with handling radioactive materials.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member. 
• Ability to respond quickly to diverse and shifting demands with sudden deadlines on tight schedules.
• Familiarity with measurements using mass spectrometry and the ability to evaluate isotopic measurements performed using mass or energy.
 
Special Requirements:
This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain all ORNL training requirements for a radiation worker performing analytical work in designated radiological facilities.

 

Benefits at ORNL:  UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   
 
Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.
 
For more information about our benefits, working here, and living here, visit the “About” tab at jobs.ornl.gov.
 
This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.
 
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If you have trouble applying for a position, please email ORNLRecruiting@ornl.gov.
 
ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.


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